Thousands of police officers demonstrated in Paris this Wednesday and after the murder of a comrade in the southern French city of Avignon a few weeks ago called for harsher sentences for those who violate authority.
The group of demonstrators, around 35,000 according to the organizers and 10,000 according to the authorities, marched towards the National Assembly, where a manifesto was read defending the need for “harsh punishment of minor criminals”.
Some figures from French society and politics took part in the protest, including the Mayoress of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who asked for the agents’ recognition and the need for a “quiet dialogue” between the police and the public.
Whoever appeared was “number two” of the far-right National Regrouping, Jordan Bardella, who criticized the presence of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin at the protests. “He’s come to see his own inaction,” he said.
From Bordeaux, the President of the National Regrouping, Marine Le Pen, wanted to show her full support to the police, which she said had no proper recognition and whose agents “work in precarious and extremely difficult conditions”. “says the French broadcaster BFMTV.
One of the people heavily criticized during the protests was Justice Minister Eric Dupond Moretti, who criticized the “picky” and “cynical” attempts within the National Assembly to confront the police and judges.
“As a citizen, I could have participated in this demonstration to support the police services. What seems dangerous for our democracy is the constant rejection of justice to the police for election purposes and with a certain cynicism.” Both institutions “are in the same Republican boat,” he noted.
However, for some opposition politicians, such as France Insoumise leader Jean Luc Mélenchon, the demonstrations had a “factual” character and he criticized that “under the guise of emotions” about the deaths of some police officers “take the” opportunity, already in law to ask existing inquiries and not to ask about what is necessary. “
In recent weeks, violence against French police officers has gained particular prominence in the public opinion of the country following several murders committed two weeks ago in Avignon, when the gendarme Eric Masson died as a result of the gunfire. Surgery.